News Before It Happens

God recently told me to talk about some of the things that are coming to pass—not only in this year but also in the years ahead. As a minister, you need to dig into scripture and find out what God’s doing, because God put every Word there for a reason. The job of the Holy Ghost is to show you things to come so that you can help your people be prepared in advance to do whatever is necessary to make sure that everything will be all right.

"Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee... So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD. Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth." Psalm 83:1-5, 15-18

This year we have watched a revolution in Egypt and a change of regimes in several other countries in the region surrounding Israel. The media has played this as a birthing of new democracies, but God’s Word gives us a more accurate picture of what’s going on and what the outcome will be. There are young people in the countries in this region calling for democracy, but there is a bigger plan. The recent uprisings in Egypt and other nations are happening because there is a specific plan set in motion to produce a specific result.

A Prophecy of David

In Psalm 83, David prophesies concerning the latter days of Israel and the nations who will come to take her down. God’s enemies have resolved, purposed, and determined with all of their heart—they have sworn to their death—that they will execute the plan against God’s people, the Israelites, and against God’s hidden ones, those who love and serve God.
This list of nations in Psalm 83:6-8 are either adjacent to Israel are close to those surrounding Israel. According to Biblical prophecy, when the battle of Armageddon occurs, these and many other Arab nations are going to be involved, although they will have to reach out and get some more help.

David prays in his prophecy, first asking God to handle this as He handled the Midianites (see Judges 7). There will be times when what your eyes see may give you pause. But God is going to encourage you. Remember this: with God it’s not the size of the army in the fight but the power of the Holy Ghost in God’s people. Next, David prays, "Do unto them as unto...Sisera" (see Judges 4), the captain of the Israeli army whose army was routed and who later died at the hands of a woman. This is how David wanted the Lord’s enemies cut off!

David then asks God to use the elements of nature to destroy this army in the field. He prays, "Let them be attacked by weather. Let them be taken down by small forces and things they don’t expect so that everybody will know there is a God in Israel."

Responding to News of the Future

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel." Isaiah 41:10-14

In Isaiah 41:10-14, God speaks to the children of Israel. Remember, however, that God also is speaking to you. You, too, are Abraham’s seed. God says, "I don’t care how many nations there are, how many men they have, or what kind of armament they may have. When I help you, they will be nothing!"

God’s Love for Israel

Why does God love and protect Israel? Doesn’t He love everyone? Of course He does. But there is a particular place in God’s heart for Israel and for the Jewish people. God has chosen this nation and the city of Jerusalem. Those who love Jerusalem shall prosper, and those who hate God, who hate Israel, and who hate the city shall be destroyed. (see Psalm 122:6; Psalm 68:29; Isaiah 66:20). Despite attacks and overthrows, massive deficit and severe dislocation, all will be well for those who walk in faith, walk in love, and follow the Holy Ghost. We are not bound by economic realities. We are not bound by politics. We don’t have to be full of fear, worry, and anxiety. God has given us news before it happens so that we can prepare ourselves. We are on the winning side because we are on the Lord’s side. Man cannot do anything to the Lord’s people!

We are the last generation before the rapture of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. It may be 60, 75, or 80 years, but we should live as if He’s coming any second. We should not be caught up in the beggarly elements of this world’s system. If you are a pastor, you should not be concerned about numbers or about measurement. You should be encouraging your congregations to do the following:

Lift up your heads. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by (Luke 21:9).

Be always on the watch. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged [overburdened] with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares (Luke 21:34).

Watch and pray. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man (Luke 21:36).

Avoid deception. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition [the antichrist] (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

Wake up and know the times. This know also, that in the last days perilous [difficult] times shall come (2 Timothy 3:1).

Continue in the teachings that make you strong. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them (2 Timothy 3:14).

Stand on the Word of God. I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove [convict], rebuke [sensor or admonish], exhort [invite] with all long suffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:1-2). 

With God, all shall be well —everything will be all right!

This article is written by Bishop Keith A. Butler

In his signature line-by-line style, Bishop Keith A. Butler travels the world teaching the Word of God without compromise. Bishop Butler is dedicated to teaching believers how to live their faith. He is the founder of Word of Faith International Christian Center and the Senior Pastor of faith4life churches in Round Rock and Dallas, Texas.

As Bishop, he oversees 14 ministry operations in the United States. Bishop Butler has also established several international ministry works. The Word of Faith Ministerial Alliance is a fellowship of ministers and Christian leaders who have received Bishop Butler as their spiritual father and/or mentor. Through its companion website, faithleaders.com, ministers and Christian leaders can find valuable resources to aid them in their ministry callings.

Bishop Butler has a nationally televised program on the Golden Eagle Broadcasting Network called “Live your Faith”.He is the author of over 24 books with such titles as Living Life on Top, The Art of Prayer, God’s Not Mad at You and God’s Plan for Man. With the support of his lovely wife, Pastor Deborah L. Butler, and their children: Pastor Andre Butler and wife Tiffany Butler (granddaughters Alexis, Angela, & April), Pastor MiChelle, and Minister Kristina Butler Bishop Butler continues to plant churches worldwide.